U.S., Poland meet on missile defense

Polish and U.S. officials met Thursday to discuss a U.S. request to place a missile defense base in Poland — a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned anew that the system could spark a new arms race.

U.S., Poland meet on missile defense
Polish and U.S. officials met Thursday to discuss a U.S. request to place a missile defense base in Poland — a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned anew that the system could spark a new arms race.

Putin said Wednesday that he remains firmly opposed to a U.S. plan to place parts of a missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, two former Soviet satellite countries in eastern Europe.

John Rood, U.S. assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation, met in Warsaw with the Polish deputy foreign minister, Witold Waszczykowski, for talks focusing on how a base would affect Poland's overall security.

A first round of talks with Poland was held last week focusing on so-called status of forces issues, meaning the legal status of the base and its personnel, how they are treated and what their legal responsibility would be on Polish territory.

Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski has spoken favorably of the U.S. request but insisted that it must enhance Poland's security.

On Wednesday, Polish Foreign Minister Anna Fotyga said the talks with Washington are "interesting" but that "we should not jump to conclusions as to their outcome."

"We think we still need time to clarify doubts," Fotyga said.
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